How to Avoid the Office Cold

If you work in an office, chances are there’s a cold going around right now. You watch your colleagues go down with a blocked nose, sore throats, aches and pains and a myriad of other symptoms you’d rather avoid.

Colds are contagious before symptoms start, so people who feel well come into work and accidentally take out half the department. Colds thrive in the closed environment, and it can be hard to avoid being taken down yourself.

Clean and Sanitise

Germs spread easily in offices, and the best way to dodge them is to become a bit of a germaphobe. Wash your hands regularly throughout the day, especially if you’ve been touching communal office equipment like the photocopier. Who knows who sneezed on it earlier? Keep a hand sanitiser like Clinell Hand Sanitising Gel in your desk for a fast clean without getting up, and maybe suggest the office swap to an antibacterial soap, like Dettol Soap.

Keep your desk clean too, with anti-bac sprays or wipes. Give your keyboard, mouse and phone a quick wipe too, especially is someone else has used them.

Boost your immunity

Give your immune system the best chance at fighting off colds and flu by taking an immunity supplement throughout the winter. We like Sambucol Immuno Forte, and Optibac Probiotics for Every Day.

Keep up a healthy lifestyle

We understand it’s tempting to carb-load when the temperature drops, but make you sure you keep up your fruit and vegetable intake. Keep a regular exercise routine too, whether you brave an outdoor run or stick to a warm gym. If you’re in good health, your body has a better chance to fight off errant germs.


Remember, if you’re ill, it’s best to take time off to allow you to recover and to avoid spreading it. Use our tips to feel smug in your good health as the rest of the office drops like flies.


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